Ameraucana

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Ameraucana, a chicken breed often confused with the Easter Eggers, was officially accepted as a standard breed by the American Poultry Association in 1984. They are similar to the Araucana chickens primarily because of their pea combs and blue-colored eggs, though both are quite from different breeds. Although initially thought to have been developed in the United States, this breed is still often classified under "All Other" as place of origin. The term Ameraucana is a portmanteau of Araucana and American.

The Ameraucanas come in two varieties - large and bantam, and eight officially recognized colors - Black, White, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Silver, Brown Red and Buff. There are several project colors though which include Lavender. Ameraucana traits include full tails, beards and muffs and either black or slate legs depending on the variety. For bantams, cocks usually weigh 30 ounces while the hens, 26 ounces. Large fowl cocks, on the other hand, weigh 6 1/2 pounds while the hens weigh 5 1/2 pounds.

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    5 of 5 | November 2, 2013 at 04:05 PM Good Pet, Small Eggs

    Pros: Sweet temperament, alert, not noisy, good forager, permits handling, talkative to humans, cute cheeks

    Cons: Skittish around flock members or mild noises, bottom of pecking order, very slow to mature

    Recommended? Yes

    Our APA Standard Blue Wheaten pullet was purchased from a reputable show breeder. SOP Ameraucanas should have slate legs but Wheaten, Blue Wheaten, and Buff colors tend to have lighter slate to whitish legs so she probably would not be the ideal show bird. Otherwise she has great attributes - fluffy cheeks, sweet temper, calm, talkative, coos when petted, approaches seeking treats and eats out of our hand when INDOORS. But after several weeks OUTDOORS she generally acts like a wild child running to and fro keeping her distance from man or fowl. Our mixed flock consists of hens all under 5 lbs with gentle temperaments but the Ameraucana keeps distant. As she matures - she is over 6 months now - she is less skittish so hope she calms down when she starts laying. We value her as the prettiest, sweetest, gentlest pet we have ever owned but is taking more time than other breeds to mature and integrate into a gentle mixed flock We hope she outgrows her idiosyncrasies soon.
    UPDATE: Our B/W Ameraucana is still a sweet kooky gentle girl. She has integrated normally into the flock though still skittishly alert to sudden noises or movements in the yard. Her eggs are light blue and average 2 oz each. She has been prone to cracking the ends of her eggs and we do not know if it is because she is pecking at them, or breaking when they drop being layed, or stepping on them in the nestbox since she is so skittish in her movements. If she were pecking at them to eat we figured she would be able to peck hard enough to break the inner membrane to get to the middle which has not been the case. So now we have to guess if she is stepping on them or if they are cracking as they fall being layed. Only the egg ends show crack damage but not the middle.
    2nd UPDATE: We increased straw in the nestboxes and increased the fish/protein in her diet and no more cracked shells. She was slower to mature than we expected but worth the wait and we upgrade her from 3 to 5 stars!
    5 of 5 | June 28, 2013 at 11:16 AM Our Ameraucana is a lover, not a fighter.

    Pros: Friendly, beautiful blue eggs, stays out of pecking order "politics".

    Cons: None

    Recommended? Yes

    Our Ameraucana, Livingston, is the most even tempered bird in our small backyard flock. She loves attention from people and the dog and enjoys being held and stroked. She likes to be held in the crook of my arm , on her back, like a baby. When I hold her like this and pet her chest, she will make soft chirping noises. At just over a year old, she lays about 5 light blue eggs per week.
    When we introduced new chicks, the other birds pecked at them to establish the new pecking order, but Livingston, just watched. She welcomed the new chicks and just let them be.
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    4 of 5 | March 24, 2013 at 04:54 PM I have been raising this breed for many years. The True Ameraucana's lay a gorgeous blue/ green egg. This is a fun breed for children because of the brightly colored eggs, and their Santa Claus muffs, beards.

    Pros: Lively chickens, gorgeous eggs

    Cons: Can be flighty if not handled at a young age.

    Recommended? Yes

    Ameraucana's are a beautiful addition to a flock to add color to the egg basket or to sparking a conversation while educating young children.
  • February 23, 2013 at 05:56 PM
    I just rescued one!! She's a year old. I've heard they mature later than other breeds and was wondering if anyone knows when they start to lay? She's about a year old per the vet, hopefully she'll want to lay soon!
  • February 17, 2013 at 06:59 AM
    I can't wait...I'm getting chicks in bout 2 weeks...hope they like their new home

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